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When Your Best Laid Plans Go Up In Flames

It was one of the first days of shooting the film, From Dusk Till Dawn, and the director Robert Rodriguez wiped the sweat from his neck and focused his camera toward a gas station filled with dynamite. It was the middle of the Texas desert and soon his actors would walk casually walk out of the station as it explodes behind them.

“They don’t realize yet that that’s the job. The job is nothing is going to work out.” -Robert Rodriguez

Think about it: You’ve spent months on preparation. Every step has been meticulously outlined. Not one corner cut or detail overlooked. And then, poof. It goes up in flames. What do you do?

“It looks good. Let’s keep shooting.” -Robert Rodriguez

The dust settled on the set of From Dusk Till Dawn. The set designers dried their eyes. The crew stood frozen, unsure of what would happen next. Robert Rodriguez sent his assistant director a cool, “are you thinking what I’m thinking?” glance.

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